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Disabled Woman vs Condo Association – With Government Help

Had things gone her way, Larraine Best’s trike would be parked at her condo right now and she’d be living the relaxed life of a beachfront snowbird. Instead she’s become embroiled in a federal case over a parking space. Best’s fight isn’t just another squabble between a retiree and her condo board. This one’s being handled by Broward County’s attorneys, paid for with public funds. Broward County civil rights investigators believe the disabled woman’s rights were violated by Summit Towers in Hollywood, where management refused to let her park her three-wheeled, hand-controlled motorcycle – what she calls her “trike” — … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Owners in hot water over delinquent utility bills

Q: We are a homeowners association, and the association must pay the water/sewer bill, then invoice the owners their share. Some of the owners are far behind in paying their assessment accounts, which include water/sewer charges. Do we have the right to go onto their property and shut off their water or publish the names and addresses of delinquent owners? What are our rights? Q: I reside in a condominium association as part of a larger community development with over 800 residential homes. I recently discovered that the homeowners association governing the community settled construction claims with the developer in … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Condominium Association Mold Responsibility

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Illinois Condominium Associations Could Be Sold

Under the newly modified Condominium Act, it is a possible scenario that an existing Condominium Association can, in essence, be ‘sold’. –> See Referenced Legislation – Distressed Condominium So, how could this happen? Under the distressed condominium section of this Act, condominium communities that are ‘in trouble’ could be brought to court by their governing municipality (city, village). The court may order the appointment of a ‘receiver’ for the property. A receiver has full ownership, power, and authority of the properties involved. They can operate, manage, and delegate managerial functions to a person in the business of managing real estate. … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Las Vegas HOA Questions And Answers

By BARBARA HOLLAND Question: I need some information in a small situation with a homeowners association. A seller was given 90 days to vacate the property and have it cleaned after the close of escrow. An HOA representative informed me that the seller has to go directly after the closing of escrow. I represent the buyer who agreed in January to allow this elderly gentlemen 90 days to move since he lives alone and is a disabled veteran. The HOA has made it clear that it has the right to fine the new owner $50 per week. Can they really … Click Here For Entire Entry

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13 Helps Condo Owner Get Action From HOA

By Loni Blandford Water can cause quite a lot of damage when it leaks, especially if you are living in an apartment. So when it happened at one Valley condo, the owners turned to their Homeowner’s Association. But when they couldn’t get an answer, they turned to Action News. “Apparently, there was a leak upstairs,” explained Darlene Castello. Water started leaking into the Las Vegas condo owned by Darlene’s parents. It damaged the walls and even the carpet. So Darlene called the Homeowner’s Association for help. “I started calling daily. Leaving message after message after message,” said Darlene. Darlene says … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Negotiations 101 For Community Associations

By Donna DiMaggio The common definition of negotiating is to communicate in search of mutual agreement. We negotiate every day whether we realize it or not. Often, it is obvious especially when we are trying to purchase a service or a product. Maybe it is a little less obvious when we are negotiating at our workplace or even just dealing with relatives about where we want to spend the holidays. If you walk into any bookstore, you will find dozens of books teaching successful negotiation techniques. There are tricks of the trade that increase your odds of achieving mutual agreement … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Florida HOA and Condominium Record Access

This is a great article about the laws giving access to homeowner association and condominium assocation records by Eric Glazer, Esq: –> Link

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ADA Pool Requirements

Meeting Pool Rules ADA Requirements By Pamela Jonah As the winter months wind down and we look forward to opening our pools for the spring and summer, condominium and homeowner associations should be advised that the date of compliance with regards to the regulations amending the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) containing new requirements for some facilities that maintain swimming pools, is March 15, 2012. Still many condominium assocations and HOAs are confused about whether these regulations apply to their communities. The answer to this starts with an understanding of what the ADA’s purpose is and what entities it covers. … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Florida Homeowner and Condominium Association Questions

By Richard White Question: I am an agent for an LLC that owns a rental unit. Last year I made double fee payments. I called the management company and requested information on my account. They asked me to send an email to request the information. To date, they have not answered my email. I emailed the Ombudsman Department but they answered that they do not deal with HOA. They referred me to the statute for HOA, FS 720. Please help me to find the statute and the correct department in the state or person or the procedure to recover the … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Colorado Condo Owners Out in the Cold

By Russell Haythorn Gaping holes in walls, sunlight streaming in through electrical sockets, a bathtub exposed. This is the way it has been for almost two months now at the Snowbird Condos on Zang Street in Lakewood. Brick walls collapsed on two of the buildings during a wind storm at the beginning of January. Residents say it is storm damage that has not only gone unrepaired, it’s getting worse with every subsequent snow and wind storm. “Cold weather, no insulation,” said resident Chad Armijo, who owns a unit at the complex. “It’s just a mess.” “One tenant said she was … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Florida Questions and Answers

By Attorney Mark E. Adamczyk Question: Our condo association is considering purchasing a unit in our development at a bargain price, and then renting it out to help with our cash flow. Our condominium documents allow this by giving the association a “right of first refusal.” The association intends to use reserve funds that will not be needed for several years. The reserve funds will not be “spent,” just transferred to an alternative investment. Is the association allowed to use reserve funds to purchase the unit? Question: I live in a single-family home community with a homeowners’ association. I believe … Click Here For Entire Entry

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North Carolina Homeowner Condominium Associations Questions and Answers

By Michael Hunter Question: We are researching how much leverage is afforded to our HOA board before starting lien and foreclosure proceedings on a condo unit that is in arrears on payment of HOA assessments. Does N.C. law allow an HOA to shut off the water to a unit that is past due on payment of association assessments, and when the owner has not responded to an offer of partial payment? –> Read Answer Here

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Illinois Homeowner Condominium Associations Questions and Answers

By Mark Pearlstein Question: Our homeowners association is considering a rental restriction that most likely will be a cap on how many units can be leased at any given time. We received information from the association that the maximum rental ratio for lending has been set by both FHA and Fannie Mae at 20 percent, and that secondary mortgage participants such as FHA and Fannie Mae may require community associations to have a minimum of 51 percent owner occupancy with no more than 20 percent of the units rented. We are not an FHA-approved building, so I question whether these … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Looking For Condo Heir to Frank L. Wright

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Condominium Board President and VP Guilty of Grand Theft

The former president and vice president of the Estero-based Lovers Key Condominium board pleaded guilty Monday to first degree grand theft charges for stealing more than $290,000 from a reserve account of the condo association, according to the State Attorney’s Office. Charles Bennett, the former president of the board, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison followed by 25 years of probation. Ken Marwick, the former vice president of the board, was sentenced to 2 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation. –> Read Complete Story Here

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Condominium Residents Forced Into Homelessness

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Are Homeowner Associations & Condominium’s Legally Alike?

By Darlys Walker The definition of a HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, as defined by “Investapedia” is, “An organization in a subdivision, planned community or condominium, which enforces rules for the properties in its jurisdiction. Also collects monthly or annual dues to pay for the upkeep of common areas like parks, tennis courts, elevators, pool, roads, etc. and can levy special assessments on members when the Association lacks sufficient reserves for unexpected repairs. Seems to me this clearly implies that Homeowner Associations are one and the same as Condominium Associations. Am I missing something? –> Read Entire Editorial Here

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Florida HOA Questions

By John C. Goede Question: In my condominium association, a husband, wife and adult daughter are all on the board and they all live in and own the same unit. The condominium documents state that there must be a certificate on file designating a person who is entitled to cast a vote for each unit and also that to serve on the board you must be the person entitled to cast a vote. The family said that Florida Statutes permit them all to serve on the board and get a vote. Is this correct, and if not, what can I … Click Here For Entire Entry

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